By Davies Iheamnachor
Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has struck out the suit filed by Mr. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama seeking to stop Governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in tomorrow’s governorship primary elections of the People s Democratic Party (PDP), in Edo State, the Vanguard newspaper has reported.
One of the counsel for the plaintiff, D. C. Denwigwe, (SAN) had upon court resumption of hearing in an oral application informed the court that the parties in the suit have resolved their differences.
Denwigwe told the court that their clients have settled and have asked them to withdraw the case.
He expressed apologies to the court for the inconvenience and urged it to strike out the matter based on the oral prayers.
Emmanuel Enoidem, counsel for the 1st defendant, Uche Secondus and 3rd to the 7th defendant, counsel for the 2nd defendant, Higher King and counsel for the 8th and 9th defendants, Alex Ejesiema, also concurred with the motion.
The Presiding Judge, Justice E. O. Obile, thereafter struck out the matter following the submission of the counsel.
Obile in his ruling, said: “I commend the counsel and parties for settling out of court as it is the proper thing to do.”
Speaking after the court proceedings, Alex Ejesiema, noted that the ruling of the court meant that Obaseki could now contest the primary election of the party.
He noted that the PDP was ready to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter before it was struck out, adding that it was an internal party affair.
It would be recalled that Mr. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, who had refused to step down for the Obaseki had challenged his (Obaseki’s) legality to contest the election, and had obtained an order stopping the Governor from participating.
When the court resumed commencing an accelerated hearing on the matter, after it had stood down the hearing for three hours following an oral application by counsel for the plaintiff, Ferdinand Orbih, praying the court to grant the parties four hours to concluded it’s meeting on the reconciliatory move by the leaders of the party.
Orbih informed the court that the process of out-of-court settlement had commenced within the party, urging the court for a time.
Hon Justice E.O Obile granted the prayers of the counsel for Ogbeide-Ihama, Orbih, to enable the parties to resolve their terms of the settlement.